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Rain delayed On Deck Circle for Wednesday 3/3/21

On Deck Circle is a round-up of what’s new in LGBTQ sports news along with today’s social media spotlight.

A baseball player stands in the on deck circle ready to face a pitcher in an MLB game at what was once known as AT&T Park in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shelby Weldon/Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Hello and welcome to On Deck Circle for today, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Actually, it’s a beautiful sunny day where I am, but I’m guessing it’s raining somewhere, and I’m going to claim that as my excuse for this going out so late and so abbreviated!

Your need to read time today is 60-seconds.

Today’s LGBTQ Sports History Highlight:

On this day in 1950:

NFL Endzone Logo Getty

The National American Football League changes its name back to NFL. So for all you transgender sports fans who worry about the impact of changing your name to match your gender identity, take heart: If the NFL could do it twice, you can certainly do it, too!


Today’s Outsports Headlines:

Catholic high school corrects a 63-year-old homophobic wrong, honors gay track star

The Marijuana Policy Project’s Fourth Annual Party at The Playboy Mansion
Tom Ammiano.
Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage

Trans boy gets the win in his on-field debut

Bobby Jones
Photo provided

Out pro wrestler Parrow returning to Major League Wrestling on MLW Fusion

Parrow Major League Wrestling

Other LGBTQ Sports stories making news...

Cisgender Girl dominates boys to win NC State Wrestling Championship

Lawmakers can’t cite any local examples of transgender girls in sports amid new bills

Transgender girl wants to swim
A proposed ban on transgender athletes playing female school sports in Utah would affect transgender girls like this 12-year-old swimmer seen at a pool in Utah on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. She and her family spoke with The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to avoid outing her publicly. She cried when she heard about the proposal that would ban transgender girls from competing on girls’ sports teams in public high schools, which would separate her from her friends. She’s far from the tallest girl on her team, and has worked hard to improve her times but is not a dominant swimmer in her age group, her coach said. “Other than body parts I’ve been a girl my whole life,” she said.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Alex Morgan, Sue Bird launch media platform for Millennial, Gen Z women

Morgan first floated the idea of launching her own media venture in 2019 on the heels of the UWSNT’s World Cup victory. Two years later, she’s launching Togethxr with her three co-founders Bird, Kim and Manuel.
Ravie B/Sportico

Today’s SB Nation’s top story...

How elite athletes have struggled with the long-term effects of Covid


Top LGBTQ News...

Crowd rallies around gay men detained on Mexico beach

United Methodist conservatives detail breakaway plans over gay inclusion

With closure of Philly’s only lesbian bar, queer women lose another safe space

Houston Healthcare Couple Uses Instagram to Create Queer Visibility

Transgender female inmate sues MDOC: I was forced to bunk with rapist, then got raped


Today’s OutShout:

Jaden Vazquez is Puerto Rican and Black, a college football player, and he is bisexual. Here’s his TikTok video for Sports Equality Foundation:

If you’re an LGBTQ person in sports looking to connect with others in the community, head over to GO! SPACE to meet and interact with other LGBTQ athletes, or to Equality Coaching Alliance to find other coaches, administrators and other non-athletes in sports.


Social Media Spotlight:

Sue Bird wants to make sure you saw this tweet from icon Billie Jean King:

If you want your social media post to be included here, or to share one showcasing LGBTQ sports, email us the link at outsports@gmail.com or tag @Outsports on Instagram or Twitter!


Today’s Outsports Podcast:

Nearly every day of the week, Outsports has a new podcast for your enjoyment. Today, author, advocate and Navy veteran Brynn Tannehill joins Karleigh and me in The Trans Sporter Room. She’s written a new book and gives us a sneak peek. It’s titled, American Fascism: How the GOP Is Subverting Democracy.

Statue of Liberty makes Nazi salute on cover of Brynn Tannehill’s new book
The cover of American Fascism by Brynn Tannehill.
Transgress Press

And we also discuss trans inclusion in sports and of course, Star Trek. Listen here:

This and all Outsports podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify and on every platform where you find Outsports!


Today’s Sports Calendar:

MLB Spring Training:

Exhibition games are underway! Click here for MLB’s guide to your favorite teams’ schedules.


NHL:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro hockey action today.


NBA:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s pro basketball action today.


NCAAM:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of men’s college basketball action today.


NCAAW:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of women’s college basketball action today.


SOCCER:

Click here for ESPN’s schedule of soccer action today.


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